“What’s alkalinity?” a client asked the other day when we discussed healthy eating. Good question! Your body’s a chemistry equation in constant motion – it works hard to find balance in your acidity and alkalinity levels. The acid-base scale goes from 0 to 14 and your body enjoys a perfect 7.4. Too much acidity, heartburn, indigestion, nausea, false feelings of hungry, belching. Continue in that caustic state past a meal or two and you end up with inflammation – in your blood vessels and tissues. Then, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer, oh my!
The hippies really had it going on back in the 60s. Borrowing from the macrobiotic diet popularized years earlier, they blended fruits, fruit juices and ice to add even more peace and calm in the world. Smoothies today are a wildly varietal indulgence – for some, a daily must-have.
OK, get on to alkalinity. Foods that create a basic (higher pH) internal environment are fruits and veggies. Foods that create havoc and create an astringent, acidic dwelling (low pH) are refined sugars, meats, eggs, processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, dairy products, and fried foods, and to a lesser degree, grains and legumes. When you’re heated and aflame from vacation foods, quick fast food lunches, company dinners, picnics and family reunions, pop some fruits and veggies into a high-powered blender, add some ice, then sit back and feel the crackle, sizzle and pop of those burning tissues drizzle away. Here’s a recipe to get you started!
Really Green and Clean
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 medium sweet apple, cored
- 2 pitted dates
- 1 banana (ripe or frozen)
- ½ cup frozen mango
- 2 ½ cup baby spinach (kale can be substituted for spinach, yields a stronger taste)
- 1 cup water (to start)
Blend well in a juicer that retains the pulp (like a Vita-Mix). Add additional water to thin to desired consistency. Makes 2 servings.
Nutritional Analysis: Per Serving: 178 Cal (15% fat, 4% protein, 76% carb); 2 g Protein; 3 g fat; 34 g carb; 15 g sugars; 6 g fiber.